The Fascinating History of the Franschhoek Valley

South Africa is a country that has many cultural influences, as colonial rule over the years has shaped some of the towns and cities to be what they are today. The Cape Town region is no exception, but here we can find some unique and fascinating influences that may not be seen elsewhere. The Franschhoek Valley, not far from Cape Town itself, is a place that shows its influences clearly; it is here that, more the 300 years ago, Huguenots fleeing persecution in their native France settled, and they did so with good reason.

They brought with them the expertise in wine making that was their forte, and they saw in the landscape and climate of the Franschhoek Valley the perfect place to establish vineyards and resume making their wine. Today the valley is home to some of the oldest wine estates in the country, and produces some of the finest wines of all. Take a trip on the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram and you get the opportunity to not only visit some of these fascinating and long-established wineries, but to take part in tasting sessions as a complimentary part your adult ticket.

The Wine Tram is an experience that can be enjoyed by all, and is the perfect way to get a real sense of the beauty and majesty of the Franschhoek Valley. You are free to choose which of the estates you visit – most are open to the public and some have excellent restaurants. Please take the opportunity to book ahead if you wish to eat, as the food is very good, and very popular! With a mix or smaller, boutique wineries and larger cellars you have what must be a wine lovers’ paradise at your disposal, so get in touch with us now and we will be more than happy to book your seats.